A man was shot in the face early Monday and a car was riddled with at least 10 bullet holes when gunfire rang out on the Interstate 95 exit ramp to Broward Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, investigators said.
But the investigation would stretch to Pompano Beach as the car that was shot — carrying the victim who was shot — along with the driver and another passenger headed north on I-95 and got off the highway at Atlantic Boulevard and stopped for help at the RaceTrac gas station at 599 W. Atlantic Boulevard, according to Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Alvaro Feola.
It was about 5 a.m. when authorities found the silver Dodge Avenger at the gas station and a rescue crew took the man who was shot to Broward Health Medical Center.
“The bullet traveled downward and came to rest in his nasal cavities,” Feola said. The man’s condition wasn’t immediately known but he was alert and speaking with hospital staff before going into surgery.
He was to be transferred to the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami for further treatment.
According to Feola, the driver of the Avenger refused to cooperate with investigators and left the scene without providing any details about what happened.
What became of the other passenger in the car wasn’t immediately known.
For part of the morning, the car sat in the gas station’s parking lot surrounded by crime scene tape as investigators from the Broward Sheriff’s Office and FHP gathered evidence.
“The initial inspection of the vehicle revealed that the vehicle was shot 10 times,” Feola said.
The investigation into what led to the shooting and who is responsible is continuing.
Authorities ask anyone with information about this incident to contact Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477 or online at browardcrimestoppers.org.
Staff photographer Joe Cavaretta contributed to this report.